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India will be looking to erase the memories of a heart-breaking World Cup final defeat last year when they take on England in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Friday morning (IST). England beat India by nine runs in an exciting final of the 50-over global meet, a tournament that ushered a new era for women’s cricket in India. To their credit, the ‘Women in Blue’ have been able to build on that momentum and a fantastic run in the ongoing World T20 is a testimony to that. India beat two formidable teams in their group –the ‘White Ferns’ from New Zealand by 34 runs and the ‘Southern Stars’ from Australia by 48 runs — maintaining an all-win record at the league stage. Also Read - Bangladesh All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan Regrets 'Silly Mistake' That Led to One-Year Ban
However, England, the reigning ODI world champions, are a quality side in the shortest format and the scars of the summit clash loss at Lord’s can play on the minds of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, the two pillars of the women’s side. Skipper Harmanpreet’s performance will be key to India’s success as she is known to rise to the occasion. The Moga-born cricketer can be safely termed as someone who is a ‘big match’ player. Even in the current World T20, she has performed in two group league matches — a match-winning century against New Zealand and a quick-fire 43 against Australia –, which proved to be decisive in the final context of the game. She is currently leading the tournament run-chart with 167 runs from four games at a strike rate of 177 plus. Smriti Mandhana, with 144 runs, is fourth on the list. (Read Full Preview) Also Read - Nathan Lyon Compares India-Australia Rivalry at Par With The Ashes, Says Keen to Avenge 2018-19 Loss
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Veda Krishnamurthy, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Mansi Joshi, Devika Vaidya, Anuja Patil.
England: Heather Knight (Captain), Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farran, Kirstie Gordon, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.